Calder's Dentine Bottle - 1880sVintage Arts Inc.
Calder's Dentine bottle. 3.5"T. No chips or cracks. From 1880s.
Calder’s Saponaceous Dentifrice, prepared by Albert L. Calder, was the first tooth powder made in thE USA and it was the first to attain national and foreign sale. Dentine was first manufactured in 1850 and it was always manufactured with the same care used in putting up prescriptions.
This substance was always described as “saponaceous,” which means, essentially, soapy. Precisely why it was “saponaceous” is unclear, but perhaps the term was meant to emphasize that it was neither gritty nor abrasive. Apparently, Calder’s product was prepared legitimately in a non-toxic manner and never seems to have run afoul of the Pure Food and Drug Law crusaders.